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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Mrs. Badger tells Esther that ___________.
2. Richard expects that ___________.
3. Young Ada tells Esther she wants to marry ___________.
4. Mr. Skimpole is ___________.
5. Nemo's death is caused by ___________.
Short Essay Questions
1. Discuss Dickens' opinion of Nemo's good Christian burial. Is his attitude positive?
2. Who is Volumnia Dedlock? Discuss her role and her physical appearance.
3. Is Mr. Guppy appropriately named? Why, or why not?
4. Discuss the ending of the story. What is Dickens' intention when he allows Esther to live on happily after all that has taken place?
5. Poor Guster, the Snagsbys' maid, is given to seizures. Why does Guster fit in so well with the Snagsbys?
6. What seems to be the underlying reason for the officer's suspicions about Jo? Can Jo be compared to our homeless population toady?
7. Discuss Mr. Gridley's role in the story, Bleak House. What is his relationship to Miss Flite?
8. How could Esther feel responsible for Mr. Boythorn's sadness? In addition, what does this imply about Esther?
9. What makes Lady Dedlock's past such a dreaded secret? Why do they go to such lengths to hide it and why is it threatening to have it revealed by Tulkinghorn?
10. What is interesting about Smallweed demanding money for the letters he once had in his possession?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Apparently, during Dickens' lifetime, women were still not considered equal to men. Using Bleak House as your basis of research, explore the status of women in the 1800s in England. What clues does this story provide (perhaps unintentionally) about how women were seen and treated?
Essay Topic 2
At one point in Bleak House, Richard Carstone intends to be an MRCS, or "Member of the Royal College of Surgeons." Research this institution and determine whether it still exists and its current status.
Essay Topic 3
A "beadle" was something of a cross between a police officer and church official. Research the role of beadles in England in the 1800s. How did society view them at that time? It is helpful to re-read Chapter 11 of Bleak House about the beadle's arrival at Krook House at the time of Nemo's death.
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